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The Shadow of the Sun by Abiogenisis The Shadow of the Sun by Abiogenisis
Life forms evolved for microgravity.

Two sentients shepherd a trio of flying life forms, who have angled their bodies towards the 'sun' for warmth.

In the far distance the forms of vast structures fill the sky.

No sentient living here has yet discovered their true nature.
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The Shadow of the Sun by *Abiogenisis ( Suggested by StefanHuerlemann and Featured by MacRebisz )
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JalawiP Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist
This had been my wallpaper for more than 5 years kek. I love your works <3
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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LegatusFlagrans Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing work. From your other works, you seem to be quite knowledgeable regarding biology. Are you perchance an astrobiologist, or interested in the subject, given your apparent fascination with space?
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LucidNightmaires Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Too good. Godly art rite here. Beautifully en-captured. 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ye kindly.
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CodyLabs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want spoilers dagnabit!
1. What're those giant light-emitting structures?
2. If this guy is sentient, where are his hands/tentacles/manipulators? Those things on his head don't look long enough to grab that stick of his.

BTW, this is a truly amazing, creative, and well-thought out design for an alien gas-based ecosystem. Cheers.
Lucasfilm should hire you.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The things on his head are eyestalks/tentacles. The body is soft and flexible, so it can bend to the side to grab the stick
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, it brings a tear to my eye!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
STILL a popular one all these years later
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I had it as my computer background for a few years.
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1337-sn1p3r Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is alien design done right, it resembles nothing on earth.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That was the goal ;)
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Kredri Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Heaven's grace, such a megalith.
Would be inspiring to make up a schematics for this structure, different from common solutions of Dyson's Sphere.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I have an idea for the structure of this place in my mind...
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ocallus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there...

I just wanted to let you know that I found this image being used again, just in case you weren't aware...

www.superbwallpapers.com

Search for 'sea creatures'.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, this sort of thing seems to happen to everyone :P
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is why if I submit my good art, it will have an enormous watermark with my name.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Watermarks are abominations!
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Perhaps, but I have paranoia
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KatakCorporations Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, I love the art here and I love all of your art. Science and science fiction have both been big parts in my life. I am mainly commenting to inform you that I came across a wikia page that used this image. I don't know if you are aware or not, but I'll put the url here so you can see: cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Atmosp…

It's up to you if you want to confront them or whatever.

Anyway, just trying to help, and as always keep up the great work :D (Big Grin) 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up!

I don't think they asked me, but its OK. Just looks like they are having a bit of fun with it :)
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funnyfinger Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Your artwork has been featured in :icon1018-plus-artist:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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emmarinn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Insanely cool!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thumbsup Emoticon by Weapons-Expert-Cool Awesome!
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Birds that don't need to be light, since there is little gravity.  So they look a bit like fish, and can be sentient.  Microgravity doesn't mean low density, that might explain the fairly small wings as well.  Since the word 'sun' is bracketed, it is probably artificial. Perhaps the three arms are linked to other arms by a membrane that is invisible from this point of view, keeping in the atmosphere.  I wonder if there ever is a night, or if they live in perpetual daylight. Might be a variation on the concept of Virga and Candescence, by Karl Schroeder, but it seems more like a convergence of ideas.
Some of the clouds seem behind the structures though, so probably the shell idea is wrong.  
I wouldn't be surprised that if we turned our head around we would see a sky that fades to black; there has to be a thermodynamic sink somewhere, or the beings would not need to be heated, they would need to be cooled!
As many have said, lovely color. thanks for these beautiful visions.
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Nomcarver Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved life on gas giants for some reason!
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think it's a gas giant...
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Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is one piece of art I'll always keep favorited, it reminds me of reading Carl Sagans cosmos where he had floaters, hunters and sinkers living on a Jupiter like planet.

Ive always been curious, is the one on the left wearing a harness? 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is, which contains two drinking water sacks and some other tools
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Barramundi-Guy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thats awesome :)
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I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
I saw this a long while ago and then couldn't find it again. I really like this piece. :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it. Still remains one of my most popular :)
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DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Beautiful, majestic, and thought inspiring! I love this <3
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it the aerosphere from the "Look to Windward" sci-fi novel from Iain M Banks ?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely some Banks in there, as well as The Smoke Ring by Niven.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay. I was pretty sure there wqas some banks x)

What's the story of The Smoke Ring ? (doesn't exist in french)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
A group of humans that escaped a starship have lived for generations in a ring of air created by a gas giant shedding its atmosphere along its orbital path.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, must be cool :D
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metalstorm007 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Wow, both the piece and the concept behind it are really beautiful and creative. Clap 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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juso250 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding concept 
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   Photographer
This reminds me of life on a gas giant.

Magnificent work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What does the structure do?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is part of a system that sustains life in this environment.
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au-night Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Can you elaborate a bit more?
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Mallophora Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great creatures and amazing atmosphere of this work!!! 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Scopimera Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I and a few others recently started a speculative evolution forum called Saecula Novae, and have been looking for image banners. We were wondering if you would find having this image used in a composite acceptable.
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